(Closed) Gahhh less than 2 months! Moving cross-country – advice?

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Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

When you first move, it still might be tough to find people to hang out with if you haven’t found a job yet. Since you already live away from your family, you won’t be as homesick for them. Just enjoy it and have fun!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

PFff I’ll move there FOR you and you can keep digging out of … how much snow did you guys get this year in Syracuse? 

 

I get where you’re coming from.  I moved a 15hour car drive from my entire family.  Not including my brother in NY.  It’s hard, It’s EXCITING…. IT”S WARMER.  I do NOT think you are making a bad move, just a scary one.  But you’re smart, you have a resume, you will be fine… tan and flipping warm next winter!!!

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

It is an exciting adventure. I moved about a 10 hour car drive from my family for a year with then FI and loved it! You can meet friends at church, work, or join a group of some kind. I’d trade colder for warmer in a heartbeat! You’ll be fine. The hard part is getting a job when you have no connections and don’t know the area. I went to a staffing agency out of desperation and ended up working for them in their office. When we moved back home I did the same thing and now am in the best job of my life and in the field of work I went to college for! Good luck to you and enjoy this new adventure with your man! 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think the only part of my cross country move that I needed advice on WAS making friends. The rest of it was just nice and smooth for me. I got there, moved in, found a job pretty quickly and that was that. Making friends was a lot harder since I didn’t love the people I work with, but I eventually did that by joining a really big volunteer organization. I guess I will say when applying for jobs before you get there put your SO’s local address and ph# on your résumé. I got way more responses with local info

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

omg, haha we’re moving across the country from DC to SoCal (where I’m from) at the end of May/beginning of June too!.

 

So, obviously I’ve already moved across the country once and I’m about to do it again. This time I have more stuff so it will be a bigger PITA. But, we’re selling all of our furniture because it’s not worth it to take it all with us. We are driving, not flying. I would say, be prepared for a culture difference but Northern California is much more east-coast like than Southern California. Be prepared to get involved in some activities to make new friends. Go out exploring and get to know your new environment.

 

Give yourselves some time to settle into this new lifestyle. PM me if you want to chat about the move, I’m in the same boat!

 

Post # 10
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2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Yeah you are moving! What great news and the place looks awesome. I’m jealous that you are leaving the area!

 

What are you taking with you? I would try to sell everything “big” before you go, just so you don’t have to move it and you’ll have some extra money. If you are using a moving company research them to death. Another bee had a HORRIBLE experience with a moving company (as SO many other people I know have with different companies) and a lot of her stuff was lost/damaged/stolen. So my only advice is only take what you need/want and then I’d box everything else up and send it via FedEx or UPS with tracking. I know this might be more expensive but I’d rather have my belongings get there and be all there than lose a lot of stuff to a moving company.

ETA: Also do you have a guest room? Wink

 

 

Post # 11
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6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@MissCalifornia:  it’s been planned for two months … give yourself a break… you SHOULD feel antsy… i just moved south .. .not across the country!!! I think you should get a snowglobe of Syracuss and take it with you!

Post # 12
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5007 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

We’re doing a cross-country move in 2 months too! I think we are going to hire movers because it’s only a tad more expensive than renting a U-Haul and way less hassle! My FI and I (and our dog!) are going to road trip over 5-6 days and hopefully have a house to move into! It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be a fun adventure! Good luck with all your moves too!

Post # 14
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2809 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

DH and I are moving cross-country (MN to south Florida) later this summer so I’m interested to hear what people say. We are likely driving everything down there since we have dogs and we aren’t willing to ship them…just not comfortable with that.

It’s interesting that my #1 concern about the move seems to be dead-on. I’m not worried about finding a job, but I don’t know a soul in south Florida and I’m hoping I make some friends quickly. I’ve lived in MN for my entire life so my family and all of my friends are here…I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid of that.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I relocated to Berkeley from Boston last year. I think the most important thing for us was just getting our bearings (mental map style) and getting OUT there and taking advantage of all the awesome free stuff to do! I’m not as familiar with San Jose, since we spend our time in San Fran and hiking up in the Berkeley hills/Marin county, but there is, on any given weekend, 80 billion things to do. Most of them are free or only need gas to get there. Meetup.com is also super super active, as is sosh.com! Maybe join a casual hiking group? Or a group for one of your other hobbies? You’ll meet people quickly that way!

Also, your place looks super super nice. Congrats!

Post # 16
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2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

@jocember AWESOME that you have friends driving your stuff out! That is awesome of them.

Yeah for pullout couches Laughing I may be on yours when the CNY snow happens next winter. Hell I’d sleep on the lounge chairs by the pool if they’d let me!

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